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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-directed program that encourages reading from an early age. Did you know that reading to your child is the best way to prepare them to read on their own? With this program, we provide you with a booklet to track the number of books you are reading to your child, and they earn prizes along the way.


We offer storytimes for ages 0-6, including an all-ages family storytime. If you’re a kid, they’re fun and entertaining. If you’re a parent or caregiver, you come away with new songs and books to have fun with later. Everybody wins! See our storytime schedule on our calendar.

Parenting Collection

Browse our collection of books targeted specifically at parents. Topics include teaching materials, child development, picture books dealing with difficult topics, and more.

Theme Bags

The Youth Services Department assembles theme bags, which are backpacks filled with books, music, and activities to support many themes. These kits are designed for use with kids age 2-5 . Each bag checks out for three weeks. View our theme bag topics here.

Museum Adventure Pass

Did you know you can use your library card to check out free passes to area museums and organizations like the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Botanic Garden, Legoland, and more? Visit Museum Adventure Pass to see the list of participating organizations and what each pass offers.

  • To check out a pass, you must visit the Youth desk in person. You can call us at (847)223-5313 to see if there is currently a pass available for your preferred museum.
  • We can offer only one pass per household at a time.
  • Passes are good for one week from the checkout date.
  • We can only offer passes to Grayslake cardholders. If you have a library card from a different library, please check to see if your library participates in the program.

We believe that getting ready to read starts early and often! We are here to help you find opportunities to read, sing, and play with your children, whether they’re in swaddled in a blanket or learning to write their own name.

Beginning Readers

We have created a book leveling system to best meet the needs of beginning readers. We have come up with four levels of early reading and labeled all of the books in our Easy Reader collection according to those standards. Using a color-coded system, each book is leveled as “Just Getting Started” (blue sticker), “On My Way” (yellow), “Reading Alone” (green), and “First Chapter Books” (red). If your child is ready to move on from our “First Chapter Books” level, we have a display of books that will make the transition from Easy Readers to J Fiction much easier.